Christmas is nearly a month away and preparations have already started for its celebration. Perth Mint of Australia will be celebrating Christmas this year by releasing coins which will feature augmented reality. The coins commemorate the story of Santa Claus and his reindeer. The coins are made out of half-ounce of 99.9 percent pure silver. They portray snow covered roofs, with snowflakes falling from the night sky acting as the backdrop of the scenery. The use of this technology is a first for The Perth Mint. Let us have a look at how the augmented reality coins work.
The Augmented Reality Effect
With the Christmas-themed augmented reality feature in the coins, the users will be able to see the Christmas story come to life when they hold the camera of their tablet or smartphone over the coin. The multimedia portrayal of Santa will be seen when the relevant app is used over the coin. The back side of the 50c Christmas Silver Proof Coin of 2014, has a profile of Santa Claus and his sleigh drawn by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. They are cast against a silver moon with snow covered houses and falling snowflakes completing the Christmas scene.
To experience the music and the interactive scene, users of the coin have to download the DAQRI app in their mobile devices. They then need to hold the camera of their devices over the back side of the coin where the inscription is done. The users will be able to watch Santa delivering the Christmas coin on the eve of Christmas. The picture of the coin which is provided in the packaging is also integrated with augmented reality and the same effect is visible when it is scanned using the DAQRI app.
The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play or iTunes App Store.
A First of its Kind
The coin has SEASON’S GREETINGS inscribed on it along with the P mint mark of The Perth Mint. The initials of the artist Jennifer McKenna is also inscribed on it.
This is a first for The Perth Mint and this legal tender release of Australia is placed in a display case which comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a Christmas gift tag is also included in it. The packaging contains the instructions on how to trigger the AR Christmas coin.
Around 5000 of these Christmas coins will be released before Christmas.
What about you?
Are you interested in using these coins? What other Christmas-special AR applications would you like? Share your insights in the comments below.
Image & Article Source – perthmint.com.au